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Author: Lee Child

Genre: Thriller, Detective Fiction

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)

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Jack Reacher is a former military policeman who lost his job to military downsizing.  He is living off his severance package and drifting from place to place without much of a plan.  On a whim, he gets of a Greyhound bus and walks into the small town of Margrave, Georgia, where he is falsely arrested for murder.

Reacher is interrogated by the town’s only detective, a man named Finlay who formerly worked in Boston.  Reacher convinces Finlay of his innocence, and because of his military police background, ends up helping the police department with the case.  He learns, to his horror, that the murdered man is his own brother, Joe, who was working for the Treasury Department investigating and prosecuting counterfeiters.

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Author: Michael Connelly

Genre: Detective Fiction

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

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Terry McCaleb is a former FBI agent, forced to retire by heart disease. While recovering from his heart transplant he is restoring and living on his deceased father’s boat in Long Beach, California.

One day, Terry is visited by a woman who introduces herself as the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in Terry’s chest. Her sister was shot in a convenience store robbery that was never solved, and the surviving sister asks Terry to look into it. Although he is ill, retired, and has no official standing, Terry agrees over his doctor’s objections.

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Author: Jonathan Kellerman

Genre: Mystery (Detective Fiction)

Rating: **** (4 Stars)

Summary:

Jonathan Kellerman is a child psychologist who has written a series of novels featuring the partnership Milo Sturgis, a Los Angeles police detective, and Alex Delaware, a psychologist who consults for the LAPD.  The psychologist, Alex Delaware, often goes well beyond mere consulting, and occasionally endangers his own life in pursuit of the bad guys.

Flesh and Blood begins ten years in the past, with Dr. Delaware’s treatment of Lauren Teague, a teenage girl with behavior problems.  The skeptical father ends treatment after just two visits, and Alex remembers the case as one of his professional failures.  Six years later, while making a token appearance at a colleague’s bachelor party, Alex sees Lauren, who is now a stripper.  He leaves feeling ashamed of himself.

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Author: Lawrence Block

Genre: Mystery

Rating: *** (3 Stars)

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About the Series

In the Midst of Death is one of Lawrence Block’s many Matthew Scudder novels. They tell the story of an ex-police officer turned private investigator, who retired from the police force after the accidental death of a little girl during a shoot-out with two armed robbers. He is also a heavy drinker, although he doesn’t admit that to himself until much later in the series. Although the novels follow a rough chronological progression, they don’t have to be read in order. Each story stands alone, and backstories are briefly described for the benefit of readers who may not be familiar with them.

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Author: Lawrence Block

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Humor

Subject: Murder

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)

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The Burglar in the Rye is one of Lawrence Block’s many “Bernie Rhodenbarr” novels, which are set in Manhattan. Bernie is a burglar. Not just any burglar, he is a highly skilled burglar, who prides himself on never leaving any sign of his presence in a home, except for the absence of valuable items of course. In fact, he has nothing but contempt for smash and grab artists who clumsily force their way in, and leave messes in their wake.

Bernie also owns a used bookstore, which he runs during the day. He rarely makes much of a profit, but that’s all right with him. It provides good cover for his real source of income.

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Author: Joseph Finder

Genre: Crime, Mystery

Subject: Corporate Espionage, Blackmail

Rating: **** (4 Stars)

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Adam Cassidy is a slacker. He prides himself on doing as little work as possible, and it shows in his performance reviews. He has not had a raise or promotion since he started work at Wyatt Telecom, a high-tech company. The only reason he is working a white-collar job instead of tending bar is that he is helping out with his dying father’s medical expenses. The older Cassidy has end-stage emphysema, and is so grouchy and unpleasant to be around, that his live-in caregivers keep quitting. It falls to Adam to find a replacement each time, despite the fact that nursing agencies won’t give him the time of day anymore, and only convicted felons will answer the want ad.

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What is an Ebook?


An Ebook is a book in one of several electronic formats that can be read on a computer or PDA. One common format is Adobe PDF. Another is Microsoft Reader, which I have on my Toshiba e330 Pocket PC.

What is Kindle?

Kindle is a dedicated ebook reader: it doesn’t have the other functions of a computer like word processing or web browsing. It exists solely for reading, which enables the manufacturer to address many of the drawbacks associated with reading on a computer or PDA screen. For example, according to Amazon:

  1. Kindle can be read in full sunlight without glare.
  2. The device is ergonomically optimized, meaning that it is more comfortable to hold and read from than a laptop or PDA.

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Author: Robert Crais

Genre: Mystery

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)

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Max Holman has just completed a ten year prison sentence for bank robbery. Upon being released, he learns that his son, Richie, a Los Angeles police officer, was one of four officers killed in a shooting. The police close the case as a revenge killing, but Holman, feeling that the facts don’t add up, starts looking for more information.

While seeking the truth about his son, Holman attempts to re-establish contact with Richie’s mother, Donna Banik, only to learn that she has died. His only remaining connection to Richie is Liz Holman, Richie’s widow. From Liz, he learns that Richie and the other three murdered officers were investigating a pair of serial bank robbers named Marchenko and Parsons, who were killed in a shootout with police. Curious as to why uniformed officers were conducting an investigation that was officially closed, and that would normally be assigned to detectives, Holman enlists the help of Katherine Pollard, a retired FBI agent. Together, they learn that over $16 million from the Marchenko and Parsons robberies was never recovered, and that the four murdered officers were looking for it.

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